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From a background of expressionistic, melodramatic thrash-painting, I have slowly developed patience, persistence and stamina. I have grown to appreciate rigorous craftsmanship and attention to detail. I now have a more disciplined, sustained flow of creative energy, which has grown from what were once short-lived, volatile bursts. My brush leads my life; I follow my brush.

In spite of the rapid emergence of high-tech installations and digital deconstructivism in the art world, painting has not been replaced or outmoded. To me, it has become more sacred.

I enjoy that my paintings play tricks on the eye; how the viewer reads a soft, luminous blur from a series of hard lines and distinct colors. Each piece can be appreciated simply for this optical effect, which parallels the nature of the digital image in which individual blocks of colour in the form of pixels appear to the eye as subtle gradients. Contrast this with the folk-art traditions of the Mexican Huichol people. Their wool-painting and bead work demonstrate the same optical effect.

My main goal is to describe my vision of four dimensional being, a state of perpetual change that is viewed from a singular point of the present. I paint from the point of view of existing within the vision and being inseparable from it: I have no subject/object relation to the composition. The images appear to be pieces of an infinitely large whole. I like to call attention to positive and negative spaces, and simultaneously call into question their distinction. Using the buildup of lines, I describe interpenetrating forms: dark, pregnant spaces envelop yet simultaneously invade the pulsating energy; energy forms rhythmically penetrate the dark spaces, while at the same time, yielding. Recognizable images seem about to emerge from an essentially abstract soup.

Within the design of a mandala, all points are in equable relation to the central point and to each other. Intuitively, the harmony of geometry and symmetry invoke an awareness of transcendental beauty. The parts describe each other, measure for measure, and create a whole.

Without a perceiver, light does not illuminate. Likewise, without light, the eye is without purpose. Colour is the child of the ecstatic union between the perceiver and the perceived, the eternal dance of inseparable vibrations.

Chromodoris, Vibrata

April 17th, 2001


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